Pilatus delivers 12 PC-12s to Canadian air ambulance pilots

09 November 2023 09:17

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Stans/Sudbury - The aircraft manufacturer Pilatus has sold 12 of its PC-12 aircraft to the Canadian air ambulance company Ornge. It shows that Pilatus is continuing its successful strategy in Canada.

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, which is based in Stans in the canton of Nidwalden, has sold 12 aircraft from its PC-12 series to Ornge, an air ambulance organization based in the Canadian province of Ontario. According to a statement, the new aircraft will replace a fleet of eight PC-12 NGs currently in operation with Ornge. Delivery of the modern turboprop aircraft is planned between 2026 and 2030.

“The Pilatus PC-12 has played a significant role in Ontario’s air ambulance program for many years,” commented Dr Homer Tien, President and CEO of Ornge, in the statement. “Its performance, versatility and reliability have helped us deliver high quality care in transport across the province, including many remote Indigenous communities in the north. With the renewal of our fleet, we know that this aircraft will continue to help us save lives and deliver health equity for generations to come.” Ornge operates the largest fleet of air ambulances and intensive care transport vehicles in Canada and performs more than 20,000 patient transports per year.

“We are very pleased that Ornge has elected to continue the excellent long-term partnership with Pilatus in this upgrade to its fleet. We take great pride in being able to support the health care system of Ontario's citizens,” commented Thomas Bosshard, President and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd.

Pilatus has sold more than 2,000 PC-12s worldwide. The aircraft are used for a variety of missions, including ambulance flights, private and corporate transportation, and charter flights. ce/ww

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